We are used to computer terminology in our days. Anytime we hear somebody talking about 3-Ds, our minds goes to the digital world where computer graphic arts or media are being expressed in colorful graphical details by three dimensions of height, width and depth. There are three Ds that defines a spiritual man—which are: Decision, Determination and Destiny.
Decision is the combination of our thoughts and plans. Our various decisions are an offshoot of the counselling we received that we have incorporated into our thoughts. Decision, generally, is the foundation of our lives. Before we became adults, the decisions of our parents and the authorities over us shaped our lives. When we become adults, the various final decisions we make, after we must have taken into consideration the advice and counsel of the people close to us, will shape our lives going forward. One important thing that we need to know about a decision generally is that, a decision not to make decision is also a decision. Decision making is not optional. Every day we make decisions. No one can stay aloof without making decision, but we have to be very careful when we are making a decision to ensure that our decisions are not only wise but also righteous and godly. In addition we must ensure that our decision is a workable one. In order that our decisions may be workable, we must center it around and incorporate Almighty God in our decision making processes.
Determination can generally be summarized as a strong commitment with an expectation of a great achievement. Tommy Lasorda, in a Brainy Quote, says, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” Also, Colin Powell says, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Above all, Apostle Paul in the scripture tells us, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 3:13) The quotations of the two authors and the strong words of assurance from the scripture is simply ascertaining that with a strong commitment, both physical and mental, and above all looking forward unto God for His help and trusting in His grace, the expected end of our decisions are achievable.
Destiny is defined as a “predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events” that manifest in the life of humanity. When one talks about destiny, no one can rule out the plans and purposes of God in the life of mankind. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11) But there are certain causes and effects of actions of man that tend to enhance, shape and help the manifestation of the destiny. Most of the time, nobody can predict the likely effect of a spontaneous action of man. That is why it is believed that our actions shape our destiny.
“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. … And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:1-5, 8-10)
Zacchaeus did not have the schedule or the itinerary of the evangelism program of Jesus Christ. Obviously, he must have observed that people were converging in a group and inquired from them, “What is going on?” The information he obtained that Jesus Christ would be coming through Jericho must have triggered off a thought in his mind. “I must see Jesus”, he must have thought in his mind. “Although I am a short man, that circumstance will not hinder me either. If I will have to climb a tree to catch a glimpse of Him, I will stop at nothing.” With all these series of segmented thoughts, Zacchaeus arrived at a solid decision. Dearest beloved, it is one thing to take a decision; it is another to execute the decision. That is why determination that executed the plan of Zacchaeus, a renowned rich man of his time, that had to climb sycamore tree in order to catch a glimpse of Jesus Christ, was remarkable. You can imagine a rich, short man gorgeously dressed in a Giorgio Armani suit, jumping up many times trying to catch a branch of a sycamore tree. He was undaunted by many pitiful eyes watching his dilemma as a short person that had to resort to climb a tree before he can see Jesus Christ.
Then the unexpected that constituted the destiny of Zacchaeus happened. As Jesus Christ reached under the sycamore tree, the Lord who knows all things called Zacchaeus by name, “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” In the wildest imagination, Zacchaeus, a rich but sinful man, never thought that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, could ever be his guest. The excitement was unimaginable. Zacchaeus, the publican, did the unthinkable. In the presence of Jesus Christ his guest, he repented of his sins and promised to make restitution of all his wrongdoings. That day, salvation came to his house. Zacchaeus woke up in the morning of the fateful day as a sinner, but he slept in the comfort of his house as a justified-by-grace person. And salvation became his portion. His name became imprinted in the Book of Life.
A righteous decision and an uncompromising, committed determination can transform and shape the destiny of your eternity. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Let spiritual transformation open the door of your heart to Jesus Christ here on Earth to be your guest, in order that you can be His guest in eternity. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3) Think!
Prayer: O Lord, grant me an understanding heart to make a righteous decision, endow me with a committed spirit of purposeful determination and let Your grace and mercy shape my eternal destiny in Your presence, in Jesus name, Amen.